Holly Willoughby – Man accused of plotting to kidnap and murder This Morning star in court today

The man accused of plotting to kidnap and murder former This Morning star Holly Willoughby is due to deliver his plea at Chelmsford Crown Court today.

Shopping centre security officer Gavin Plumb, 36, of Potters Field, Harlow, has been remanded in custody over an alleged plot to kidnap and murder former This Morning presenter Holly.

He is charged with soliciting a man named David Nelson to commit murder, and incitement to commit kidnap between October 2 and 5 in Harlow, Essex.

42-year-old mum-of-three Holly sensationally quit This Morning after the news that the 36 year old man was arrested and charged after police first discovered an alleged plot to 'kidnap and murder' her.

Gavin Plumb first appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Friday, 6 October , after being held by officers.

Essex Police confirmed they arrested the suspect on Wednesday and he was charged on Friday morning.

Essex Police said in a statement in October: "A 36-year-old man from Harlow has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap as part of an ongoing investigation. The arrest was made on Wednesday October 4. He is currently in custody."

Superintendent Tim Tubbs said: "This was an extremely fast paced investigation, with many of our officers and national partners working overnight to secure these charges.

"The safeguarding of any victim is paramount and we will continue to prioritise this as the investigation proceeds."

Holly's departure from her presenting stint comes after she was placed on "indefinite leave" by This Morning, following the alleged plot to 'kidnap and murder' her.

Holly took to Instagram at the beginning of October to reveal that she’d taken the decision to step back from the show “for me and my family”.

Sharing the statement with her 8.4 million followers, the post read: “I have let ITV know today that after 14 years, I will not be returning to This Morning. To everyone who has ever worked on the show over the years, thank you so so much.

“This is such a difficult goodbye, you are incredible and I forever will be proud of what we’ve done together. Thank you to everyone at ITV for being supportive. To every guest who has sat on our sofa, thank you.

“Most of all, thank you to the wonderful viewers. You’ve been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day."

She continued: "Richard and Judy said ‘we only look after this show, it will always belong to the viewers’. It’s been an honour to just be part of its story and I know this story has many chapters left to go.

“Sadly, however, I now feel I have to make this decision for me and my family. I will miss you all so much. Holly.”

Meanwhile, Holly’s former co-host Phillip Schofield also left the show earlier this year after he admitted to having a relationship with a younger male former colleague.

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